A Place Called Home: The Memoir of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Using factual history, personal stories, and original photographs, St. Helena Island residents and authors Sonny Bishop and his daughter, Elizabeth Bishop Later weave a narrative that is rich in perspective about growing up and raising a family in the Lowcountry.

Sometimes poignant, frequently humorous, and always engaging, this book is a testament to the importance of home as an anchor during life’s most trying times. So begins the journey, guided by lifelong St. Helena Island native, Sonny Bishop. Through this sensitive and introspective narrative, made rich by Sonny’s personal stories and photographs from his large collection, readers are invited to ponder the meaning of home, the importance of family, and the growth and change that can come from challenges and adversity.

Marvel at the beauty, charm, and history of this place we call home.

On St. Helena Island, South Carolina a quiet tidal creek flows past a charming and beautiful place called Yard Farm – formerly the Fuller Plantation. Sometimes poignant, frequently humorous, and always engaging, this book is a testament to the importance of home as an anchor during life’s most trying times. Sonny Bishop’s reminiscences of Dataw Island before it was developed, firsthand accounts of one of the worst hurricanes to impact the Sea Islands, and his boyhood recollections of Beaufort and St. Helena Island create an intriguing portrait of a quieter, more peaceful time in the history of what has become one of the southeast coast’s most popular destinations.

The book opens with the authors offering a glimpse of the special part of the Lowcountry where they grew up.  “On a warm, humid, late summer evening, with a gentle southerly sea breeze from Wallace Creek protecting us from the mosquitoes, my father takes me on a little tour of “home.” Once the Robert Fuller Plantation, also called Fuller Place, and later called the Yard Farm (in Gullah – “de Ya’ad”), there is important history here that I want to capture.” And so begins this intimate retrospective.  Although the book is replete with personal tales of growing up on St. Helena Island, the images selected from his huge collection of photographs provide incomparable visual impact.

These beautiful books have a hardcover with a dust jacket and contain 203 pages of history, stories, reflections, and previously unpublished pictures of Beaufort and St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

We encourage shopping and buying local!

This book is available to purchase locally in these Beaufort, South Carolina stores:

  • Beaufort Book Store – 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort, South Carolina
  • McIntosh Book Shoppe – 917 Bay Street, Beaufort, South Carolina
  • Grayco Hardware – 136 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort South Carolina
If you aren’t in Beaufort (but wish you were), you can purchase online through their Etsy shop at http://bit.ly/APlaceCalledHomeBook

About the authors…

O.R. (Sonny) Bishop, Jr. was born and raised on St. Helena Island. His personal experiences of life as it used to be on the sea islands is a priceless treasure and he has shared this history at local gatherings and in periodical publications. After a few years of retirement, he realized that he had “read half the books in the Beaufort County library and the other half weren’t worth reading” so he has come out of retirement to provide mobile knife sharpening and lawnmower maintenance through his business, B.E. Mobile Services. He lives where he always has – on the Yard Farm – with his wife, Mary, three cats, and an assortment of nocturnal raccoon and opossum visitors.
Like her father, Elizabeth Bishop Later was born in Beaufort and raised on St. Helena Island.  She has an unquenchable obsession with old photographs and family history, a fondness for Sonny’s stories, and a love of writing. Elizabeth graduated from Beaufort Academy and the Medical University of South Carolina and works as the Chief Nursing Officer at Ogden Regional Medical Center in Ogden, Utah. While she lives in the west with her husband, four children (and two children-in-law), and three grandchildren, her heart is always in South Carolina. She is a living example that “you can take the girl out of the south, but you can’t take the south out of the girl.”

Follow your heart, and live by the tides.

Be sure to visit their website online at BishopsBest.com